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Wonder Room

May 19, 2015

“The Wonder Room is a creative production environment where it’s possible to make almost everything we desire,” Piet Hein Eek.

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s Wonder Room is an idiosyncratic, highly collaborative space which sits atop his Eindhoven workshop. For the first time, Eek has bought that playful vision abroad, planting a flag at the Future Perfect during design week.

The Future Perfect’s gallery has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind version of the Wonder Room. The immersive installation features Eek’s “Tube Chair” made from discarded, industrial drainage pipes; the “Welded Steel Cabinet” created by welding steel plates finished with an experimental, oxidized lacquer; the original prototype of the “RAG Pipe Table” made from reclaimed pipes; and “Waste Steel” paintings, a triptych exploring the designers use of raw materials in a non-functional way.

“The Wonder Room is a creative production environment where it’s possible to make almost everything we desire,” Piet Hein Eek.

Acting as curator, Eek, the design world’s answer to P.T. Barnum, also chose work from a selection of local designers, including names such as Bec Brittain and Jason Miller.

While many thousands of miles from its original incarnation, the Wonder Room remains true to Eek’s incubatory, highly experimental spirit. Each element of the environment offers surprise and contemplation, raising questions about the relationship between found materials and craftsmanship.

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Photography by Lauren Coleman.